The Plagiarism Curse!

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Just imagine this scenario…

You’ve worked your brains off, burnt the midnight oil, toiled endlessly to bring out your dream book. Then just imagine your horror, when you see your book ( yes the same one but with some changes here and there) on Amazon and maybe by a mainstream publisher! You can imagine your horror and dismay.

It’s akin to someone violating you, taking away what belongs to you. I have read at least two posts on the subject and I just want to add my bit to it.

If you are a self published author or traditionally published or whatever, just ensure that you get a copy right for your works. It’s so important, it’s SO vital. Don’t make the mistake of thinking, ‘yeah, my work is out, nobody can plagiarise or steal it!’ But people do STEAL novels, works of art etc.

As much as I love people and all that, I’m not a novice… There are BAD people out there, worse than the devil (if you believe he exist!) So a word is enough for the wise.

If you want to register your work in the UK, go to the this link, I registered mine there. http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/  If you live in other parts of the world,  I believe you can still register your works with them. But you can still do a bit of research, Google it, find out from other sources and try to REGISTER your work now! It’s just a few pounds or dollars as the case may be.

And this is a disclaimer; I’m not being paid by anyone to do this but I believe I owe it as a duty to my fellow authors, we need to stick together against rogues and thieves!

The plagiarism curse will not happen to us, and if you’re not a writer but need patent for your business, please, don’t delay! Register your work to save you heartaches in the future!!

Now enough of my moaning, how are you guys doing today? I hope you’re all good wherever you are. Enjoy the rest of your day and live well.

Much love, always!  🙂  🙂

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72 comments on “The Plagiarism Curse!

  1. Anxiety provoking stuff but important. Thanks.

  2. Uzoma says:

    A very good piece of advice, sis. It hurts so bad to see one’s effort of years and years claimed by another in a matter of minutes–seconds. God help us all, so we can reap the fruit of our labour. Blessings.

  3. We had a plagiarism curse once. Essentially, a 100-year old woman (give or take 5 years) posted a curse on our message board, and we assumed this was just a typical internet if-you-don’t-repost-this-to-five-friends’-messageboards-your-crush-will-not-like-you curse. The next thing we know our newsroom is haunted with ghosts entering our jokes on their own news blogs. Total nightmare!

  4. StetotheJ says:

    Sound advice, it’s nice that someone is looking out for the hard grafting wordsmiths. Wise advice indeed. I am good, i hope you are equally if not better?

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I read about one dude who plagiarised two books and later got another book deal with a mainstream publisher! It was horrific by any standard, then a friend posted on FB about her experience! It’s annoying, and saddening… I’m good dear friend, just swimming in the ocean of endless deadlines.
      Thanks for your visit!
      Blessings. 🙂

  5. RoSy says:

    Curses to the plagiarists! So messed up how people can be like that. And – the list goes on…

    A few complaints today. But – nothing a bit of pain meds couldn’t take care of.
    Hope you’ve been enjoying you day! 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Awwww! Sweetheart, hope you’ll be as good as new tomorrow! Just relax with a cup of tea, and watch a romantic movie, then snooze… You’ll be sparkling new tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!
      🙂

  6. Jack says:

    Very sound advice. I might also add that as writers, we must be careful not to unintentionally plagiarize (U.S. spelling) things we glean from our research. It’s important to always double-check our work, especially if it’s non-fiction, to be sure we didn’t do that. Also, always give credit to the people we quote. Such are the thoughts from this American Southern writer “on the other side of the pond”, so to speak.

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  8. FCEtierChip says:

    My wife and I both wrote for Allvoices.com in the past.
    Their site was often copied and pasted with “new” authors names on our articles.
    AV would do nothing to stop it, so we left the site.
    A lot of the plagiarism seemed to be coming from Asia.
    Yes, a nightmare!

  9. Great advice. Thank you so much!

  10. Clanmother says:

    Great advice!!! Thanks…

  11. donwreford says:

    If you found a book that appears as if its your book and is being plagiarized, all that exists, is within the bounds of a parallel Universe or your double of you existing at the same time as you exist?
    And is either your creative work or not.

  12. Great advice. Yesterday, I discovered my self-published book had been pirated and distributed on at least three different sites. It can happen to anyone.

  13. frasersherman says:

    As far as US law goes, copyright is automatic once you create the work, although if you don’t register your legal responses are more limited (but if you do register, you get a lot of junk mail from people who spot your registration and try to sell you publishing services).
    Plagiarism–taking credit for someone else’s work–often isn’t a violation of copyright (if I published Hamlet under my own name, that would be plagiarism, but the play is public domain). And at least in the US, there’s no legal remedy. Uncredited borrowing from someone else’s book, if it’s not a large enough excerpt to violate copyright, is contemptible, but it’s legal.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I’m aware of how the US law copyright works, it’s almost the same here in the UK! This is not about taking credit for some else’s work but actually changing a few things in the work and slapping your name at the back, that’s what’s called plagiarism! Not a work that’s in the public domain. One of the commenters of this post, just alleged that her self published work was published under another name and distributed in three different online sites! Her work is not public domain, but it was still dubbed and distributed all the same!

  14. Thank you so much for this, Seyi. Highly useful and good advice 🙂

  15. gageier says:

    Hallo wünsche dir einen schönen Abend und ein super Wochenende sei ganz lieb gegrüßt Klaus

  16. TheGirl says:

    Yep, I registered my work awhile back. Although I did not put the copyright symbol on my blog.

  17. Good information! I have had articles slightly changed online and republished by other people – not fun! I hope you are having a nice weekend xx

  18. nightlake says:

    If plagiarism happens in blog posts, it is surely bound to happen in books too..A very important message here.

  19. Thank you for the info Seyi!

  20. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Hi Seyi, remarkable post.thank you for sharing its an eye opener subject.l am sorry it happened to you .thank you for liking my post (the children ).Have a blessed day.jalal

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment and visit Jalal, it didn’t happen to me but to a friend. I’ve had my articles copied online before, but not books! You’ve got a great blog!
      Blessings. 🙂

  21. I have music pirated on Amazon. If you get the company, they just keep coming back. Argh.

  22. coastalmom says:

    I had a friend that I wrote all the lyrics to a song that she published when she released a Christian album a few years ago.. She gave herself all the credit for that song by actually saying words and music by… and her name. I forgave her because she said that she had an opportunity at the moment and she was sorry but to get me on there too would have meant a lot of red tape. It was really interesting because… we had not been in touch for years and then my daughter needed some voice coaching and I happened to call her right around the same time she was releasing it. She told me like a confession. I never thought twice about it until one time I was talking to a songwriter and asked how hard it would have been to put my name on her album… and he said it was juat a matter of changing her name to mine… no big deal at all. Funny, I never would have cared… I mean, I don’t expect that album or the song to do anything but hopefully touch a few people that hear it …but the fact that she lied to me has kind of changed my views of how I see her. I would never bring it up to her. But I can’t say I don’t care. And not that she took the credit but that she lied about it. So thank you for this word of caution. Even if you think that you can trust someone… you can’t… even someone you once considered your best friend once upon a time.
    Good and timely post as I am finishing editing my book and getting it ready to submit. Thank you!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      That was quiet a story! And I’m so sorry this happened to you! It’s obvious you’ve been burned severally by so called friends, it’s happened to me countless times… I think one should be able to separate one’s friends from one’s creative work. I’m glad you’re now going to register your work. People change all the time, either for good or for bad!
      Just put it behind you, and I do wish you lots of success when your book is out!
      Much love. 🙂

      • coastalmom says:

        Actually not sure what you mean about it is obvious that I have been burned several times? Just that one time. But it was definitely a wake up call that I was not expecting. Thanks again for the good advice!

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Sorry for the mistake! ( Don’t know where that creeps up from!)I have been burned severally, (that’s me 🙂 ) and I hope you won’t experience something like that again! Thanks for stopping by!!

  23. ARvWD says:

    Can’t be too careful … and thanks for the like!

  24. Gutes Wochenende. Gruß, Wolfgang

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Great music, thanks for sharing with – I just found it on my spam folder! I appreciate it!
      🙂

    • donwreford says:

      A reminder of a saying of Jesus when taken into the wilderness and tempted by Saturn” All this is Yours”, having toiled as a artist most of my life the work I produced means nothing to me now, I hope to never see any of my work and detest any reference to this past life, I am now cured of this disease and to be exalted in any way for my creative work is now ludicrous, what has been of value to me is know the folly of dedication to a dream that many are driven by, often to gain some sort of status as a result of coming from a background of being defined as a inferior, the only use the individual has in creating and to gain recognition is the money produced to enable the individual to become free of nutcases, freaks and bureaucrats, that are a hindrance to ones freedom,.
      The worst that can happen to the individual is to become too popular such as Mick Jagger, I would hate to be knighted and notorious and lose ones privacy, you can be to famous and you never really know who is who because of fame.
      Anything made or created in this world is a problem and can not be transferred to the next? also I am not suggesting I know what the next world is or if such exists, sometimes I think their is and sometimes I think their is not, the main thing is to attempt to stay in good health although I am hypocritical to make this call.

  25. fgassette says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  26. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Horror indeed. It’s a low, low, LOW act, given how much inspiration and craft, let alone time and earnestness is put into writing.

    Thanks for the link/advice, Seyisandra.

  27. What a great post. I think I’m gonna steal this idea, and use it for my next post… : )

    Just kidding. I could never do such a thing to such a sweet person… : )

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Hey Mark, what’s up? I’m glad to see you here! One can get ideas from friends, there’s no crime in that, and if you do get ideas for your post on my site, I believe it’s a great honour. You know you’re a dear friend to me and you do make me laugh a lot by your illustrations!! Have a great week ahead!
      Blessings. 🙂

  28. You always give me good ideas, Seyi– all part of your special charm, my dear friend! : )

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